This next car is a Merkur XR4Ti which started life as the European Ford Sierra XR4i (yes, no “T” in the Ford of Europe version) way back when Maximum Bob Lutz was chairman of Ford’s German operations. The XT4Ti came with a 2.3 liter turbocharged Lima inline-4, but they didn’t make much power or torque […]
This next car comes as a tip from Cory who writes: At this price point, I wonder how hard it would be to attempt to build a budget Corolla GR. It can’t be that hard to bolt on a larger turbo and the Focus RS/ST has all of the suspension parts off the shelf. With […]
The 6th generation (code name S550) of the Ford Mustang was released for the 2015 model year with a new aggressive body style (it looks so much wider than the previous gen, but it was only 1.5 inches wider and 1.4 inches lower) and an independent rear end for the first time for the original pony car. Ford also re-introduced a turbo 4-cylinder version known as the EcoBoost, which was a little 2.3 liter 4-cylinder engine in the Mustang was rated at 310 horsepower. Todays example might have a salvage title, but it also has less than 50k miles on the odometer and a 6-speed manual. Find this 2015 Ford Mustang offered for $12,500 in Phoenix, AZ via craigslist.
The original iteration (1989-1991 & 1992-1995) Ford Taurus SHO (Super High Output) was a love letter from the engineers at Ford’s Special Vehicle Team to everyone who wanted to have fun in a sedan. It had a screaming Yamaha V6, a 5-speed manual gearbox, and Conan O’Brien’s seal of approval. In 1996 Ford introduced a V8 SHO that had more O in the SHO, but it lacked the S…because it was only available with a slushbox auto and buyers went elsewhere after 1999. A few years later (in 2010) Ford introduced a new version of the SHO that had a whopping 365 horsepower from a twin-turbo V6 EcoBoost engine and all-wheel-drive…but a 6-speed slushbox auto. Find this 2011 Ford Taurus SHO offered for $9995 or best offer in Cherry Hill, NJ via eBay.
The 6th generation of the Ford Mustang was released for the 2015 model year with a new aggressive body style (it looks so much wider than the previous gen, but it was only 1.5 inches wider and 1.4 inches lower) and an independent rear end for the first time for the original pony car. Ford […]
The Ford Fusion was introduced for the 2006 model year as a replacement for Ford’s aging mid sized Taurus platform. The Taurus name did survive on something that was called the Ford Five Hundred and the Taurus over various years…but the Fusion was the mid sized sedan offering that was surprisingly offered with a 6-speed […]
One of the more curious drivetrains to be be introduced in recent years came from Ford in 2014. The 1.0 Ecoboost three cylinder engine has won International engine of the year for the last three years. The engine makes 123 horsepower and was only paired with a 5 speed manual gear box in the Fiesta. […]
The visceral experiences of driving are slowly being taken away from us sense by sense. In economy cars, we’re faced with a pretty flaccid selection of 1.6 to 2.4 liter four cylinder powerplants that have had all of their idiosyncrasies and power peaks normalized out. Ford, though not immune to offering boring engine options, at […]
Just how do you describe a Ford Flex with EcoBoost? You could call it a Texas sized Scion xB, a station wagon on steroids, a meat head’s minivan, or a small airport shuttle…but I’d simply describe it as fast. Faster than it should be and fast enough to whoop on some cars that can’t seat […]
The Ford Flex is a large crossover sport utility vehicle released into the wild in the 2009 model year. At introduction it was powered by a simple V6, but in 2010 it become available with the optional twin turbocharged EcoBoost engine to create what is the worlds fastest stock 7 passenger vehicle without an AMG […]